Talk of the Town: Double flop a Hearts breaker for Hoy

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HE’S considered a celebrity supporter of the boys in maroon, but Sir Chris Hoy has revealed he actually stopped following the team 25 years ago. He said: “I was a huge Hearts fan as a kid and they broke my heart when they lost the league and cup double in 1985/86. I remember as a nine-year-old listening to the radio in tears as they lost it.”

Digging the dirt on Knox cover-up

SO, it’s been confirmed England’s Richard III, has been lying beneath a Leicester car park since 1485.

But anything they can do, we can do just as well.

For we have our own inglorious resting place for one of Scotland’s most famous figures.

A yellow marker set in the tarmac of the Court of Session car park in Parliament Square is all there is to indicate that somewhere below is the grave of John Knox, the Father of the Reformation.

When the preacher died in 1572, he was buried in what was then St Giles’ churchyard. Centuries on, however, the grave was paved over, with just the marker and the parking space number – 23 – to mark the spot of the burial.

Flying off library shelves

AUTHORS don’t simply measure their success with book sales. Portobello author Millie Gray, 79, was delighted to learn that her nostalgic books, all set in Leith, were borrowed by more than 20,000 library users across the UK last year.

Not just that, but authors receive the princely sum of 6p each time a book is borrowed. Millie’s library earnings of £1200 might not match JK Rowling’s millions, but it’s a nice addition to her weekly pension.

Love in a dark place

AS couples look to celebrate Valentine’s Day, there’s no shortage of Capital locations eager to help them. The Castle is one billed as a perfect proposal spot but couples might want to check out “the most unusual place to fall in love” – the Edinburgh Dungeon.